Gee Whiz! NLRB says union representative required for urine test.

The NLRB recently ruled that an employee who was asked to take a urine test due to his erratic behavior was entitled to have a union representative present under the Weingarten Rule. What is Weingarten? The Weingarten rule was instituted in 1975 as the result of a Supreme Court ruling on a case (surprisingly called …

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History of Labor Day- Updated

My local paper has a headline that reads “On Labor Day, U.S. workers insecure” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sunday, September 02, 2012.) The article deals with the state of the economy and the losses that workers of all ilk have suffered. With multiple generations, global pressures, deregulation of industries, and the decline of unions “a lot …

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Listen Up: Your Company is in Unionization Danger

I know a lot of HR managers and even business owners who feel safe from the actions of the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board). They feel that the National Labor Relations Board actions do not apply to them well they could not be more wrong! Recent actions by an “activist” board are promoting a union …

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Why Unions Are Bad For Companies, Employees and Customers: Revisted

In May of 2009 I wrote a post about Why Unions Are Bad For Companies, Employees and Customers. It was very popular and has gotten a good number of comments both pro and con. I am reproducing that post here because unions are still having an impact on business, jobs and the economy.  The National …

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Union Boss Resists Unionization By His Employees

One of my posts which is quite often looked at is one on unions I did back in June of 2009. It is entitled Why Unions are Bad for Companies, Employees and Customers. In this post I quote a Hertiage Foundation study on the effects of unions. Some of the results from What Unions Do: How …

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An Union Update: Craig Becker and the NLRB

I know many of you have to stiffle a yawn when you see the word “union” in a blog title. Well you shouldn’t. It is IMPORTANT, especially at this time with this current administration. Of course if you feel that being unionized is good for business then don’t even bother to read further. But if …

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Backdoor Cardcheck: Is This A Precursor to NLRB Actions?

In what is being called “backdoor cardcheck” by opponents and “fairness” by proponents the National Mediation Board instituted a change in the union representation election process that will make it easier for unions to organize airlines under the Railway Labor Act. Currently in a representation election under the RLA people in the proposed bargaining unit …

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